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SPI International Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights to Documentaries from Earth Touch

SPI International inked a content acquisition deal with Earth Touch for a total of thirty-four riveting documentaries. The company licensed all worldwide TV and VOD non-exclusive rights of the content to broadcast on DocuBox and SPI’s other linear and digital assets.    

SPI International announces that it has acquired thirty-four documentaries, which amounts to approximately eighty hours of programming from Earth Touch, an award-winning producer of high-end factual series. According to the deal, SPI will be able to broadcast the freshly acquired programming on DocuBox and on any of its other linear and digital brand assets worldwide.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Earth Touch, a company that shares our passion for providing audiences with high-quality content produced via state-of-the-art technologies,” commented Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International. “This new slate of programming from Earth Touch will be a great addition to our library, especially to DocuBox’s rich collection of fascinating documentary and factual series that explores different cultures and the wonders of our world,” added Benshoshan.

The licensed programming includes various nature and wildlife documentaries such as, Deep Blue Dive and Black Mamba: Kiss of Death and travel themed content like Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey and Most Intriguing Safari Destinations.

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65+ million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

About Earth Touch

Earth Touch is composed of three affiliated entities: production companies in Durban and Washington DC, and a sales and distribution office in London. Earth Touch is a specialist in factual production and distribution, focusing primarily on wildlife and history documentary and factual entertainment series and films. It has an extensive archive of over 9000 hours of high-quality UHD and HD material, as well a total of 394 hours of blue-chip original programming. Learn more at www.earthtouchnews.com

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SPI/FilmBox and waipu.tv Partner to Bring Seven Channels to Germany

SPI/FilmBox and waipu.tv have signed a new channel distribution deal that features seven exciting channels from SPI’s portfolio.

SPI International is thrilled to announce that seven channels from its diverse portfolio will be available to subscribers of the German IPTV platform waipu.tv. The channels that feature content spanning all genres including movies, documentaries, gaming, music and lifestyle will be offered to subscribers of the platform in the new Perfect Plus package.

“We are excited to grow the presence of our channels in Western Europe with our new partners, waipu.tv,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “Together with the waipu.tv team, we selected a strong range of channels from our portfolio to complement the needs of their subscribers and we believe that our channels will be great additions to waipu.tv’s content offer, and their new Perfect Plus package,” added Twiss. 

The channels included in the deal are: SPI’s well-curated arthouse movie channel FilmBox Arthouse, which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers. Gametoon HD which is dedicated to gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox HD broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox HD  offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox HD delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

Markus Haertenstein, Executive Board Member of EXARING AG, the company behind waipu.tv added: “With the new Perfect Plus package waipu.tv offers Germany's largest TV package with more than 150 TV channels including over 45 pay TV channels at a very competitive price. Together with the best television channels, we provide attractive video on demand content. Furthermore, customers enjoy many convenience functions such as restart, record and pause. With the launch of the largest TV package, waipu.tv truly is the "Home of Entertainment in Germany."

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

About EXARING AG and waipu.tv

EXARING develops and operates the first fully integrated platform for IP entertainment services in Germany. "waipu.tv", which was launched as a next-generation IPTV-platform in 2016, is today the market leader for IPTV via Internet in Germany. With waipu.tv, the set-top box disappears from the living room, as it can be received wirelessly on all devices in the WIFI - even on several devices at the same time.

EXARING AG was founded in Munich in 2013. The largest single shareholder is the freenet Group. The founder and CEO is Christoph Bellmer. More information at www.exaring.de  and www.waipu.tv

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SPI/FilmBox and Orion Launch Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) in Russia

SPI/FilmBox and Orion Group announce the launch of SPI’s Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) in Russia. As of November 16th 2020, subscribers to Telekarta satellite TV service can access the channel in the extended basic and premium packages.

SPI/FilmBox and its long-standing partner in the Russian market Orion Group, announce that they have partnered to bring one of SPI’s most sought-after channels Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Russia. The channel that’s dedicated to “dizi”, a unique genre of series produced in Turkey, will be available to viewers in Russia in both the extended basic and premium packages of Telekarta satellite TV service starting on November 16th 2020.

“Today, Turkish series are the country’s most popular economic and cultural export item, and we are happy to offer this riveting content to viewers across Russia together with Orion Group, our long-standing partner. TDC features many interesting high-quality and internationally-acclaimed series that have been awarded numerous international prizes,” said Murat Muratoglu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.   

Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) features “dizi”, a genre of high-budget series produced in Turkey that focus on riveting stories full of emotion and passion set in beautiful locations. Viewers in Russia will be able to watch hundreds of hours of popular and critically-acclaimed dramas including Kurt Seyit and Shura, Karadayi, 20 Minutes, Five Brothers, Red Scarf, Moms and Mothers and The 8th Day that star world-famous actors and actresses.

“Turkey is globally the second highest exporter of TV series abroad, after the United States. Dizis are now being watched by more than 400 million people in over 140 countries. The booming popularity of dizis has become a social phenomenon. There is a large number of online fan-clubs and communities of dizi followers, including in Russia. In this connection I believe that the launch of the Timeless Dizi Channel in this country is an important cultural event. And we are happy to be part of it,” commented Irina Divnogortseva, Global Projects Director, Orion Group.

Orion and SPI International have been partners in the region since 2017 with Orion operating as the exclusive distributor of SPI/FilmBox channels in the Russian market. Other channels distributed by Orion include: FilmBox which presents Hollywood movies, favorite evergreens, and popular series; FilmBox Arthouse, brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini; FightBox broadcasts electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and Erox which broadcasts adult content.

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65+ million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

About Orion Group

Orion Group has been operating in the telecommunication services market for over 10 years (since 2005). The main lines of the Group's business include: providing satellite capacity to TV channels, rendering TV channel support and production services, offering cable networks TV content delivery services, providing individual subscribers with satellite TV services (services are provided under the Telekarta brand name). Today Orion is the only satellite operator with a footprint covering 100% of the territory of the Russian Federation and also CIS countries. Broadcasting is conducted via the Intelsat 15 (85°E), Horizons 2 (85°E), and Express-AM5 (140°E) satellites. The Company is among the TOP-20 largest telecommunication companies in Russia (according to CNews Analytics) and among the TOP-5 largest operators in Eastern Europe (according to Digital TV Research).

Orion Group Press Office: +7 (495) 741-81-01, ext. 1022; o.pospelova@orion-express.ru

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SPI International’s 4K Entertainment Channel FunBox UHD Now Available on VIVACOM

SPI/FilmBox and VIVACOM announce that they have inked a channel distribution deal for SPI’s FunBox UHD. VIVACOM subscribers will be able to access the channel in the 4K ULTRA package starting Nov. 2nd.

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecommunications provider VIVACOM expand their partnership to include SPI’s visually-groundbreaking 4K entertainment and lifestyle channel: FunBox UHD. The channel features documentaries, music, sports, arts/culture and other lifestyle programming in incredible visual quality and will be available to VIVACOM subscribers in the 4K ULTRA package starting Nov. 2nd         

“We are excited to build on our partnership with VIVACOM with FunBox UHD, one of our most coveted channels worldwide. This state-of-the-art channel broadcasts amazing premium native UHD content devoted to nature, lifestyle, performing arts, music and more acquired from top producers and distributors around the globe. We are confident that VIVACOM subscribers will enjoy what FunBox UHD has to offer very much,” commented Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.

In addition to FunBox UHD, VIVACOM subscribers can enjoy a number of other channels from the expansive SPI/FilmBox portfolio, including movie channels FilmBox, FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Stars and FilmBox Arthouse, as well as a wide range of thematic channels such as; FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, Gametoon, FashionBox and 360 TuneBox. VIVACOM also carries a well-curated selection of VOD content from SPI’s programming catalogue.

“We are happy to announce our 4K offering to our subscribers with FunBox UHD included. Special thanks to our partners from SPI/FilmBox for their trust in us. Our goal is always to provide the best quality of picture and sound in combination with diversified and qualitive content. This was one of the main drivers for us during this unusual 2020, when we upgraded our IPTV service with new user-interface and user-experience, launched several new additional TV services like IPTV Mobility and IPTV GO, repositioned our TV GO media portal, integrated new STBs for our DTH & IPTV services and deployed a new Irdeto CAS for DTH subscribers,” commented Evelin Iliev, Expert Multimedia & VAS at VIVACOM.

 

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

About VIVACOM

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, operating under the brand name VIVACOM, is the largest integrated telecommunications company in Bulgaria in terms of total revenues for 7 consecutive years. It offers voice services, high-speed mobile and fixed broadband, interactive and satellite TV as well as innovative solutions for IoT, smart cities, digital education and cloud services.

VIVACOM is part of United Group – the leading telecom and media operator in Southeast Europe.

For more information, please visit www.vivacom.bg.

 

 

 

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